Sometimes you make something and you don’t expect it to be much special. Orzo is nice and all but it doesn’t get my taste buds going. Cream is fine but needs something to balance it. Canned tomatoes? Frozen peas?
And yet this recipe works. It’s comforting but elegant. Mr. F called it “grown up Mac n’ cheese.”
If I kept cream around the house, this would be in prime rotation. As it is, I’ll keep this in mind when one of us needs a little pick-me-up without a lot of work!
Creamy Orzo with Peas
Adapted from Giada Delaurentiis
Makes enough for two, unless your husband decides it is the most delicious thing ever and then it’s 1 serving
1/2 c frozen peas
1 large tomato, diced
1/3 c cream
100 g Orzo pasta
1/2 c grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Toss peas and tomato in a saute pan with a little olive oil. Place over medium heat and cook briefly, until peas are defrosted. Salt and pepper to taste. Add cream to pan and stir till uniform. Reduce heat to simmer and cook till pasta is ready.
Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to boil. Cook Orzo according to directions on box. Drain and add to cream sauce.
Top with Parmesan cheese and stir to combine. Salt and pepper to taste.